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Choose the best expression for each sentence.

1. My boyfriend’s so spoiled and selfish. He only thinks of himself and he always
2. Try to stay calm. I’ve phoned the ambulance and it’s
3. We only had one bottle of wine, but they charged us for two, and the service was terrible. There’s I’m ever going back to that restaurant.
4. You’re holding the box . If you open it like that, it’ll fall out and break. Turn the box upside down.
5. I bought my husband a GPS because when ever we get lost in the car, he’s always too embarrassed to stop and .

Answers Check your answers.

Complete the table with the following expressions with 'way'.

Route / direction Blocking or avoiding Manner / method Position / situation What you want Other phrases
= ask for directions = to be blocking the path I know the best way to make a chocolate cake = very ill, unwell = have things as you want them = absolutely not!
Find the way = discover the route somewhere To be / get out of the way = to stop blocking the path There's another way of doing it. = reversed   By the way = (used to change the topic of conversation)
= be familiar with the route somewhere   I love the way she smiles     Underway = in progress
Go out of someone's way = when someone takes extra trouble to do something   Okay then, do it !     Way too expensive = much too expensive
= arriving soon          
Lead the way = travel in front          

Answers Check your answers.

Now complete these sentences using an expression with 'way'.

  1. The GPS isn’t working, darling. I think you should stop and .
  2. I’m not surprised that sweater’s uncomfortable. You’ve got it on . The label’s supposed to be at the back, not the front.
  3. I haven’t seen Simon since the accident, but he’s not out of hospital yet, and his wife said he’s still .
  4. My sister’s got two kids and there’s another one .
  5. It was a lovely dinner party. Gill and Chris really to make everyone feel at home.
  6. Would you move your bags please, Sir. They’re and no body can get past.
  7. - Do you think we should get your mum a digital camera for her birthday?
    - !
    - Why not? They’re not so expensive these days.
    - It’s not that. She’s old to understand anything digital.
  8. - Do you to the hotel?
    - No, I don’t. Why don’t you in your car and I’ll follow.
  9. This is where they’re going to build the new office block. We expect the construction work to be by the beginning of March.
10. Frank Sinatra was famous for doing it .

Answers Check your answers.

Way can be used as a noun or an adverb.

Way as a noun.

As a noun the most common meanings of way are 'method, manner or style', 'route, direction, track, road or path' and 'distance'.

- I make chocolate brownies a different way from my mother. (method, manner or style)
- Do you know the way to the beach from here? (route, direction, track, road or path)
- Which way shall we go? (direction)
- It’s a long way from here on foot. You’d better go by bus. (distance)
- ‘I did it my way’ (method, manner or style)

We can use a to-infinitive or an -ing form after way when it means 'method'

- There’s a quicker way to do that. (or There's a quicker way of doing that.)

Way as an adverb

We can use way informally as a degree adverb to mean 'a lot'.

- The project is way behind schedule.
- My sister had way more chances than me in life.
- In the way, on the way

We use in the way for things that are obstructing or blocking a path or stopping us from getting somewhere:

- Can you move your suitcase, please? It’s in the way.
- Shall I move my car? Is it your way?

We use on the way to mean in the middle of the journey:

- Where are you?
- I'm on my way. I’ll be there in about 10 minutes.

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